LEADERSHIP

Going Off-Grid

After the mad rush of getting TSR ready for print and Kindle for its September 10th release, I’m taking some time off from everything to be with the family. If you’re the praying sort, we’d covet your prayers for a trouble free week together. The goal is to life life Read more…

The Hopper Kids

We’ll Be Grandpas

[PHOTO COURTESY OF NINA HOPPER] Grandpas. Grandpas can do anything. Like fixing our training wheels. They have strong, wrinkle-laiden hands. They have great stories about the “olden days.” Their cologne rubs off on our clothes, and their smile rubs off on our soul. They’re stern when we break the rules, Read more…

LEADERSHIP

Watson 2012

Our final night at “Watson” – as it’s lovingly referred to by all those who attend – was both a joyous and spiritually provoking night. Fewer audiences are as loud as those who come to Watson. The term “sheer worshipful pandemonium” comes to mind (see video). I love it. And Read more…

culture

Who ‘Dat Is?

I arrived at church last night wearing a costume. After landing in DC and connecting to “Sara-cruise” (as the flight attendant kept pronouncing it), we made great time from the airport and I was able to catch the last few minutes of New Life’s annual Harvest Party. Always an epic Read more…

culture

It’s About the People

People last forever. Their eternal value, and location, were and still are of upmost importance to Jesus. Thus His irrefutable actions to ensure their redemption, if they so desire it. With each passing year, this emphasis on the pricelessly incomparable worth of people promotes itself in my understanding. It’s never Read more…

culture

The Blur Effect

Wasn’t it just July? Probably one the most frequent conversations my wife and I have stems around the elusive, missing months. Where did ________ go? It’s gotten so bad that we don’t even have to say it anymore. We’ll both just feel it, look at each other, and say something Read more…

culture

The Family Lotto

I am the luckiest man in the world. Luckiest, if you have a weak grip on reality and trust fate. Blessed, if you understand that God honors choices made in pursuit of Him, regardless of shortcomings. But before writing on the subject of family – a fitting theme – I Read more…

culture

Ren Faire or Bust

I love family days. And with the amount of demands we have on our family by virtue of our public roles of service, shelving well-meaning requests of our time becomes more and more of a fight every year. But today we got one. Knights, turkey legs, pee breaks, wenches, tomato Read more…